April 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Senate rejected a Republican attempt Tuesday to overturn new regulations designed to give unions quicker representation elections in their effort to organize more workplaces. The 54-45, largely party line vote against a resolution of disapproval leaves intact National Labor Relations Board rules that are scheduled to take effect April 30. Among Philadelphia-area senators, only Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) supported the resolution. Unions had sought the rules changes while business groups opposed them.
April 20, 2012
N EED A JOB? City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson will be holding a job fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday with more than 50 employers at the Myers Recreation Center on Kingsessing Avenue near 58th Street, Southwest Philadelphia. Participating employers include the Philadelphia Fire Department, the state Department of Transportation, the Philadelphia Gas Works, Wal-Mart and more. The fair is sponsored by the African American Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
April 19, 2012
Cute as a button, this new portable food warmer from Crock-Pot guarantees a hot lunch by slowly, gently reheating last night's leftovers. Keep the base on your desk for daily use, and tote the spill-proof inner lining to and from home, or grab the whole pot for al fresco dining. Crock-Pot LunchCrock food warmer, $24.99, at Wal-Mart or crockpot.com . — Ashley Primis
November 9, 2011 |
In late August, Charles Palmer ate cantaloupe bought at a Wal-Mart store in Colorado. Two weeks later, he began feeling sick, then became unresponsive and was rushed to a hospital where doctors diagnosed a listeria infection. Now the 71-year-old retired Marine isn't just suing Granada, Colo.-based Jensen Farms, which grew the tainted cantaloupe that he says sickened him. He's also suing Wal-Mart for selling the fruit. Fallout from the outbreak that has killed 29 Americans is broadening to other major retailers that sold the tainted produce and is spurring a national debate on the role groceries and stores should play in making the food-supply chain safe.
September 15, 2011 |
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Wednesday announced a multibillion-dollar women's initiative, three months after winning dismissal of a sexual-discrimination case from the U.S. Supreme Court. The plan includes buying $20 billion of products from businesses owned by American women in the next five years and training to sharpen the skills of 60,000 women working in factories that supply products to Wal-Mart and other merchants. And it plans to teach life skills - from punctuality to financial literacy - to 200,000 women overseas and to 200,000 low-income women in the United States.
August 17, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Consumers might not be confident, but the stores that sell to them certainly seem to be. Wal-Mart and Home Depot, two of the nation's largest retailers and bellwethers of the U.S. economy, on Tuesday joined a string of other merchants that have raised their outlooks for the year despite a flow of bad economic news that suggests they have no reason to be optimistic. TJX Cos., which owns TJ Maxx and Marshall's; Macy's Inc.; Kohl's Corp.; and Nordstrom Inc. have all boosted their profit outlooks in the last week.
June 22, 2011
By throwing out the largest employment discrimination case in U.S. history, a gender-bias complaint against retail giant Wal-Mart, the Supreme Court has set a daunting precedent for future class-action suits against large corporations. The court appeared to be technically correct in ruling Monday that the claims of nearly 1.5 million women, who cited statistical evidence of lower wages and fewer promotions, could not be consolidated against Wal-Mart. All nine justices agreed that the class-action rules under which the case went forward didn't apply to monetary claims.
June 21, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court blocked the largest sex-discrimination lawsuit in U.S. history yesterday, siding with Wal-Mart and against up to 1.6 million female workers in a decision that makes it harder to mount large-scale bias claims against the nation's other huge companies, too. The justices all agreed that the lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. could not proceed as a class action in its current form, reversing a decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit...
June 4, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is in a race against time to give shoppers what they want before they get comfortable going elsewhere. Customers who switched to other stores when Wal-Mart decided to ditch best-selling toothbrush brands, craft supplies, and bolts of fabric may be hard to win back. The company has taken nine months to restore thousands of grocery items, including some best-selling brands, it dumped two years ago. The idea then was to tidy up stores for the wealthier customers it had won during the recession.
May 18, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Rising gas prices are adding another obstacle to Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s campaign to reverse a two-year U.S. sales slump. Strong overseas revenue, growth at Sam's Club, and Wal-Mart's specialty - cost-cutting - pushed the world's largest retailer's net income up 3 percent in the first quarter, beating Wall Street expectations. But business at home is still soft. In Tuesday's earnings report, Wal-Mart said it was seeing some improvements but needed more time to see whether hammering its low-price message and restocking items it had scrapped could turn around sales.